Toolbox

Toolbox

This is a toolbox of my favorite software/hardware/learning resources available to anyone. Its mostly geared towards DIY/web-dev/software-development/productivity

I draw inspiration from awesome-list


Favorite Software

  • Notetaking / Productivity
    • Dynalist – Primary notetaking software
    • Airtable – Google spreadsheet meets microsoft access. A swiss army knife for business. Very useful for making a minimal viable prototype
    • Pinboard – Bookmarking. I consider this 3rd party chrome extension a must-have, I bind it to my CTRL+D key
    • Anki – Flashcard software. I use it to speed up learning math, programming languages, and computer science.
  • Software Development
    • Chrome – My everyday browser
    • Slimjet – A simple chromium based browser that I use for webdevelopment occasionally. Because then I can have a seperate desktop icons
    • VS Code – My primary IDE
    • Github –  Git + cloud storage for programming projects
    • Codepen – Isolated frontend environment. Used to A/B test components and explore cool things. Organize codesnippets here like I do in evernote.
    • Postman – API testing
    • LucidChart – Making flowchart diagrams and data models. Not free though, for that I prefer draw.io
  • Design Tools – (macOS and windows)
    • Flux – Makes screen red at night so I can sleep easier
    • AffinityDesigner – I use all adobe products as well, but I prefer this over illustrator
    • AffinityPhoto – Same reason, I prefer over adobe photoshop
    • AdobeIndesign – Catalog & Brochure design
    • Figma – UX design tool, applesketch is macOS only
    • AutoCAD – Architectural drafting program, but not free
    • Fusion360 – 3D modelling program for DIY projects
    • GooglePhotos – Photo & video backup
    • Dropbox – Cloud storage for files/folders
  • Windows specific
    • Phraseexpress – Keyboard macro automation. Checkout my 14 phrase-express guide to see use cases
    • Autohotkey – When I need an advanced macro that phrase express doesn’t work on. It has a high learning curve and ugly syntax language though
    • DirectoryOpus – Native windows file explorer sucks, this is best file explorer in market. Has a learning curve. Checkout use cases here
    • 7+ Taskbar Tweaker – Smaller icons on my windows desktop screen
    • Blank Spacer Exes – It gets hard to look at so many icons in windows, so this gives me eye relief by grouping icons together
    • Greenshot – The best windows quick image editor out there. First thing I install on friends/family PC normally, its that good. MacOS version is not good.
    • ShareX – ShareX is greenshot image editor that supports gif uploads / custom image-hosting options. Version 11.6 is the best. MacOS has no equivalent.
  • MacOS specific – alot of programming apps
    • Iterm2 – A better terminal environment. I binded it to ⌃⌥[spacebar]
    • Oh-my-zsh – My preferred bash alternative for development
    • Penc – Gesture based window snapping/resizing
    • Spectacle – Keyboard based window snapping/resizing
    • Keyboard Maestro – Keyboard automation for macOS. Similar to phraseexpress but better
    • Alfred – Better alternative to macOS’s spotlight for quickly opening files / apps. I binded it to ⌥[spacebar]
    • Captured – An inferior version to shareX without gif support, but best thing I could find.
    • Dropzone 3 – For quickly
    • Cheatsheet – Because I’m a new mac user I need to quickly memorize commands
    • Unarchiver – So I can one click install things on macOS
  • Chrome Extensions – Productivity
    • Silverbird – For quickly tweeting things on twitter
    • Tabsnooze – Set reminders to myself to pay bills at end of month, and to do incremental reading
    • Pagenotes – When I need to save some specific information on a website. E.G. terminal commands, regular expressions on regex101.com, etc.
    • TheGreatSuspender – Suspends unused tabs after 30 minutes. Because chrome is a memory hog
    • Tampermonkey – Injecting javascript on a page to enhance notetaking tools. Its like your own chrome extension. Read about how I use it here
    • Ankitab – Relatively unknown, but its the opposite of Momentum. I use it to review flashcards thoughout the day
    • DynalistCompanionClipper – I use this with my notetaking app dynalist, I dump all my ideas here as they happen.
    • Stylus – Add custom CSS to webpages. Since stylish was tracking user data and got banned
    • VideoSpeedController – So I can play youtube videos up to 16x speed with captions to speedread. Its how I consume information very quickly
    • Imagus – Hover over an image to see its full view. Useful for my notetaking app dynalist, as well
    • GoogleDictionary – Select a word to see its definition.
    • PowerThesaurus – Select a word to see synonym and antonyms. Thesaurus are my favorite business and coding tool, naming is important
    • ClipboardHistory2 – SelectAll, CopyAll – you now have a saved copy of whatever your typing on reddit / hackernews / wordpress
    • Lastpass – Chrome extension for managing passwords. Cross platform
    • AmazonAssistant – So I can dump all my favorited wishlist items anywhere to amazon, export it out later
  • Chrome Extensions – WebDevelopment
    • Wappylzer / Builtwith – To check what websites are running these days, accurate 50% of time
    • Page Ruler – Measure things on screen quickly
    • Webdeveloper – Powerful swiss army knife for webdevelopment, but I never use it
    • ViewportResizer – For responsive webdevelopment, I use this daily. Better than chrome’s native tools. Checkout bookmark version here
    • Gifscrubber – I need to pause gifs especially if I want to make a codepen of it from dribbble, etc.  PlaytheGif is a close equivalent.
    • RefinedGithub – Better looking github made by Sindresorhus
    • Octotree – Left side file explorer for github repos
  • Android / General
    • ColorNotes – Every other noteapp I’ve used sucks. I write things here, copy+paste it to dynalist later
    • GoogleKeep – When I need to quickly sync an image or text from my phone to PC and nothing else works
    • Meetup – Use the specific link, login, and add URL to homepage. Meetup android app sucks. Shows only the 28 techmeetups I’m subbed to
    • SolidExplorer – File explorer
    • Should I answer? – Tells me if phonecaller is a scammer. Not that I pick up phonecalls I don’t recognize anyways, that’s what voicemails for.
    • Slack – Team communication
    • OfficeLens – For making PDF’s from documents using your phone camera.
    • waze – If I know a driving route is slow, I use waze
    • okgoogle – My favorite commands are: “Play spotify”, “Next Song”, “Navigate Home”, “Exit Navigation”, “Find Parking”
    • Spotify – Music
    • Musixmatch – Lyrics for spotify
    • GoogleCalendar – Calendar
  • Content / News
    • Youtube – I only put an alert on people that post high quality content infrequently. E.G., SmarterEveryDay, MarkRober, TomScott
    • ProductHunt – Where I like to see all the new fun tools out there
    • Hackernews – Lots of smart and interesting people here. Also, where I find out about news in the tech environment
    • Reddit/subreddits – Copy this multihub, delete ones that aren’t relevant to you, add cool ones like r/welding, r/cableporn, r/engineeringPorn
  • Website / CSS Tools / Analyitcs / Useful Business Tools
    • Mangools – Best tool to do SERP checks for free, 5/day
    • namecheap – domain registar
    • siteground – wordpress
    • …. more to add later